Anti-Meth Ad

April 2, 2008

I came across this jarring anti-meth ad and decided to post it.  Not that I think any of my readers are users, but a lot of us know people who do or have used meth in the past.  People tend to assume it is relatively safe, especially since there are prescription versions available.  But its not.   It is highly addictive and potentially deadly.  But I think the side of meth that is often down played is the aggressive behavior that sometimes accompanies it, that i why i like this commercial.

What do you think?


Is the G for Gay?

January 11, 2008

Meet Anthony G. A youtube sensation and popular talk show guest. The little boy has an amazing voice. He certainly has a “stage presence” as well.  He has appeared on the morning show, the ellen show, and many more.

I couldn’t embed the video of Anthony G that you must watch.

Check out his wonderful rendition of “Think” by Aretha Franklin.

I know I am probably going to hell for calling this 8 year old gay, but whatever.


Rapping the Presents for Christmas

November 29, 2007

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I like rap music.  I like christmas songs.  There in lies the problem.  There is an incredible lack of christmas rap.  I understand the classic carols are important, but most other genres have a decent share of christmas songs.  Country music has great, sad christmas songs.  Rock music has fun, jump around christmas music.  Pop music has updated verisions of classics, and occasionally new christmas songs.  But rap?

This christmas I want Kayne West, Lupe Fiasco, Jason Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and Mos Def to come out with a christmas albums.  If you think it can’t be done, let me share two things.

1.  There have been  good Christmas raps before.  A la “Christmas in Hollis” (the video is some goof high school boys, but the song  is still fly)

2.  Ludacris is getting the trend started this year.  The song has a sweet background and tons of product placement for his film Fred Claus.  (There is no real video yet, but check the song out)


He’s real and that’s rare.

November 10, 2007

Alex put me on Lupe Fiasco a couple of months ago, but it just didn’t click initially. But now I am addicted. I just heard the wrong song first. I first heard his break out hit “Kick Flip” and thought it was okay, but nothing to write home about (or blog about). But now I’ve listened to all his previous work and it is solid.

I am huge fan of urban-suburban meshes that blend street and skate culture. I think the result is intensely cool fashions that utilize bright colors, functionality, comfort and freshness. It also tends to result in fun music. I think music should be essentially a reflection of life. So I want to listen to love songs when in love, loud rock when I’m angry, and expect to have upbeat songs to listen to when I am happy. So when happy (and if you are doing life right that is the majority of the time) I usually get stuck listening to poppy top 40 songs or oldies, as opposed to my preferred rap music.

That is where some of the current and up and coming rappers are really stepping up. Jason Fox, Gym Class Heroes, Kayne West, Pharell and my currently love Lupe Fiasco are pumping out catchy non gangster rap. I don’t have to feel bad about being a middle class white kid who listens to rap. I am not some sort of wigger, I like the music, I’m not out wearing gangster clothes, talking in slang, and rocking gang symbols or tims. I am listening while driving, studying, or dancing. Not to say these guys are rapping about some heavy things, but in those instances it is not related to glorifying violence or drugs. If those topics are in the song it is about how guns, drugs, violence, crime, and poverty are holding the black community down.

So I highly recommend checking out some of his work, these are the links to a few of my favorites:

Dumb it Down

He Say, She Say

Kick Push

I Gotcha

Daydreamin


MOVIES, MOVIES, MOVIES!!

October 27, 2007

I worked last night at the theater. My favorite thing about working Fridays is that I get to watch all the trailers on the new movies. So I’m going to give you a heads up on some awesome looking movies coming out.

The Diving Bell and the Butteryfly

Why it looks good?

It looks touching, moving, endearing, depressing, and uplifting. But what struck me was the intense visual aspect. I think it will be one of those movies you remember specific freeze frames from, with amazing colors and emotional cinematography.

Be Kind, Rewind

Why it looks good?

**This trailer is being difficult, not sure why, but if it is not up, check it out on imdb.com**

First, let me say I hate Jack Black but want to see this, which means it must look hella good. I think Mos Def is an awesome versatile actor. It looks cute/funny and it just made me smile.

Reservation Road

Why it looks good?

I don’t really need to explain, it is an intense thriller.

Juno

Why it looks good?

Its an offbeat dark family comedy, the best kind. Good actors, great soundtrack, and fresh story line with solid one liner.

Wristcutters

Why it looks good?

I’m not sure it does. I have seen two different trailers, one I thought yes I def. want to see that and one where it looked so stupid I could barely stand watching the two minute trailer. I think it is going to be very hit or miss.

Sweeny todd

Why it looks good?

If I have to explain this to you, you probably shouldn’t be here.

There are some coming out shortly that good as well. Lion for Lambs, American Ganster, Martian Child, No Country for Old Men, Beowulf, and Love in the time of Cholera all look good. P2 looks like my worst fears realized.


I wish I had two gay dads

October 3, 2007

It is times like these where I wish I had two gay dads.

Kinderen voor Kinderen is a Dutch children’s choir that is maintained by public broadcasting.  They release one album every year of songs that kids submitted and then professionals edited/developed.  It is extremely popular.  They have taken on some pretty serious topics.